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Liberty County school board chairman's race close
Incumbents Scott, Keel trail early
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UPDATE: As of 1 0 p.m. Incumbent BoE Chair Lily Baker has retaken a narrow lead. So has district 4 BoE candidate Anette Payne

It looks like some of Liberty County's Board of Education races may come down to the wire. 

Early and unofficial election results from Liberty County’s nonpartisan school board election showed incumbent Chairwoman Lily Baker held a narrow lead over challenger Scott Carrier at 9 p.m. 

Minutes later, a look at the Secretary of State's website showed Carrier was on top by 38 votes, 1,400 to 1,362, with 31 percent of the county's votes counted. 

Earlier, Baker had a 1,102-1,018 lead over Carrier after advanced voting, absentee ballots and two of the county’s 13 precincts reporting in, according to the Liberty County Board of Elections. It was updated at 9 p.m. to show Carrier in the lead. 

Other school board early about-faces included Annette Payne and Karen Branson as the top two vote getters in a three-way race for the District 4 seat with 37.9 and 34.69 percent of the vote, respectively. Jim Johns, the third candidate, has 27.41 percent of the vote early on.

That changed, however, by 9 p.m. with Johns the frontrunner, edging Payne as top vote getter. 

In District 5, challenger Dr. Chante Baker Martin led incumbent Marcus Scott IV with more than 66 percent of the vote going to Martin. In District 6 challenger Donita Strickland led incumbent Dr. Yvette Keel with more than 64 percent of ballots cast for Strickland.

But results were unofficial and far from complete with a lot of vote counting still to go.

In Long County, Mike Phillips led the Rev. Hermon Scott by a slim 119-113 margin, according the Georgia Secretary of State website.

Other results for statewide offices will be updated later. 


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